|Posted on December 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM|
Libertarian Individuals Mean Community Progress.
- Verify and meet your local ~500-home district and share e.g. the Quiz, invite to a meeting to share suggestions to create to-do for voluntary-based local betterment.
- From respondents develop a 1-5 home non-partisan informal group of SMILE-aware homes working on the to-do list, conviviality, and improving awareness. Consider involvement/development in neighborhood boards, appointive public office, mutual-help ( e.g. senior/babysitting, community garden or watch co-op), coalition initiatives. Note problem homes--sources of criminal offense or totalitarian ideology--for dialogue. In a positive spirit meet with local leaders so they can help and are aware. This we call clear and secure. Use our tools for ideas and inspiration.
- Keep us aware of your wins, and repeat process every few years. That's it.
Since 1969, this is how we've reversed the fall of civilization into totalitarian eco-disaster. This is how civilization is maintained. 7 favorite LIO fan projects:
- Make homes prepped, non-abusive, a team
- Teach logic/critical thinking, entrepreneurship, applied comparative ethics in schools
- Workshops in democratic activism, LIO ideas, family finance and savings
- Community trips/suppers with speaker on science/practical topic
- Coercive tax elimination with low-cost service choice/expansion
- Community: Garden, policing-watch, meals, book exchange, foodshare
- Brainstorm 50 voluntary-based improvements in mass meeting and have at it.
By doing this in due course every home on earth will be aware of LIO tools/libertarian help.
--Your local Libertarian International Organization fans. www.libertarianinternational.org
Re-posted 2015. Please link, translate, share--and/or photocopy, politely hand out to 1000 surrounding homes.
|Posted on January 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM|
Family, the first vocation...and first vocation of a Libertarian Philosopher--MG.
I've revised this old dialogue sheet for all concerned. Enjoy!
Takeaway: Start lovingly in logic at age 4 and all else follows. That's what LIO Libertarians do. Discuss.
- A short way of thinking about Libertarian Philosophy is that it's about the spread and aware use of Philosophy. Long term, we continue the Enlightenment process begun by Peter Lemos. The curator works on spreading these to all nations--please see if this is something you can pass on to local educators:
- Study of logic, scientific method and comparative philosophies K-12, and Libertarian pledge.
- In college, US core curriculum showing philosophy application, initiated by LIO principals in the 1800's
- New Intellectual super-BA's ( 210 credits) with entrepreneurial, hard philosophy, diverse majors/minors.
- I suggest for most students be sure to have at least one vocational major and add on to the 180 credits most programs will pay for 45-60 CLEP type exam credits at the end (so as not to mess up your grants).
- This involves spreading educated lay conversancy in the concept of an objective starting point as evidenced by the the Brandens' seminars 'Principles of Efficient Thinking' and 'Principles of Objectivism.' (BTW, Ayn Rand concurred with me on this for those approaching philosophy more formally).
- In 2, this includes an Applied Ethics course for all examining various approaches around a critical thinking model ( see LIO Fellow's Keith Goree's 'Ethics Applied' and the critical thought model in it).
- Libertarianism is always understood in this context as the sub-discipline of the Liberal Arts of interest to L/libertarians, including themes of rights, ideal Libertarian community, mutually supportive ecologies, etc. Always remember that in civics Libertarianism=Philosopher-farmer communes, historically. A world with many hyper-tolerant college eco-campuses on a co-op model centered on reason is a useful image.
- In 1969 I specifically defined these ( Libertarianism and Libertarian Philosophy) for modern use and have built the current world community on that basis, intending to include as exemplary (i.e. recommended but non-mandatory) my own theoretical (some published) and applied/organizational (look around you) work. In so doing I wished to place on a clear basis what we’ve been doing since the Lemos councils and early Libertarian communes.
- The Liberal philosophy is understood as defined by the UN Declaration and underlying sentiments, polite debate, scientific method: Libertarian Philosophy is an approach and conscious start point in LIO dialogue, which I summarize A-J as follows.
Key dialogue and lifelong study themes:
A-Aristostelian/Axiomatic and Objectivist, also SMILE focus.
B-Best & Comparative Practices/6 sigma.
C-Communities of Libertarian form (as bulwarks of philosophic/free living).
D-Development in Logic, Meditation, Conflict Resolution, and Ethics Applied K-14.
E-Entrepreneurship/Open Management Training;Self-Empowerment Ethics.
F-Formal New Intellectual Super-BA*
G-Great Books Studies/Life-Long Learning, all cultures and fields
H-Holism and Systems/Ecologies Approaches.
J-Joint Analysis: Axiomatics, Axiology, Aesthetics.
* I did the first 'New Intellectual' BA as Rand's private student. If you get nothing else from Rand, check out her take on Dilthey/Sorokin in 'For the New Intellectual' and see where this might apply for you. She felt this was the ball game in re-anchoring civilization. Her proposal is you're not educated until comfortable in the major sciences, philosophy, and entrepreneurship/business as the forgotten Liberal Art. FYI--My BA majors-concentrations (30 credit minimum): Business Studies, Economics & Mathematics, Educational Studies, Philosophy & Civilization, Psychology.
Just select and and print out A-J and write, under each some goals or research areas, every few years.
If you want to be helpful here, remember one of our slogans: We don't sit back and hope for a happy ending.
- Everyone benefits from a little philosophy at least, and as De Toqueville says US Democracy is ( and I say must be, and so similar libertarian-friendly democracies) the most philosophical of cultures. As of 2011, this project is the main force in the spread of world philosophy. After considerable work the trend away from core curricula is reversed, people are taking longer BA's, critical thinking courses both infused and direct are in K-12, and the spread of Applied Ethics we've spearheaded is creating Ethics Bowls and more around the US. From being ridiculed we're seeing entrepreneurship minors spreading everywhere.
- Perhaps (update 2014) the best we've done is convincing the GRE's to stop mixing up religious and philosophy majors. The result is improved understanding of what who're serious philosophy students and what they can do: They're at the top of verbal and logic, and in the GRE math section with the engineers ( I suggest all formal students strive to be familiar with calculus, linear algebra, real analysis, and very good at algebra games). In addition, by removing legal blocks to voluntary educational approaches (e.g. e-courses) we're accelerating the move towards saturation college education ( i.e. college for the top 30% of the population namely 110+IQ).
...Student of philosophy?
- For those interested in focusing on formal development of philosophy, I recommend a super-BA + union membership + competence in agriculture/real estate + martial arts + psychology/counseling or education for practitioners (actual philosophers). That is, they should perfect their leadership in the basics of civilization and prosperous society--how to facilitate and guide a sustainable community/co-operative/extended family and make sure things happen. Family is our first vocation, and certainly of Libertarian Philosophers. Philosophers should only seek a Philosophy PhD is they wish to be scholars--Philosophy scholars/teachers are not necessarily the same as philosophers.
- Most philosophy students, of course, already have added majors and are sucked up by medical, law, and advanced science schools--or if easily bored, drop out and become inventors and millionaires.
- Finally, for a philosophy minor here is what I recommend to every student, college or no at the same time they get familiar with a practical craft (food, home building...) and also a technology:
- Rhetoric/Public Presentation
- Intro Philosophy (think of these variant philosophies as learning biases/toolkits)
- Applied Ethics
- Logic I ( and workshops on emotional sensitivity and meditation)
- Philosophical Analysis (Typically a course raising awareness of philosophy acting via culture)
- A capstone project/thesis evidencing use of philosophy in your favored subject
This is what we've come to call in among Libertarians 'Hard Philosophy' as opposed to defective or merely speculative work courses. Again, I urge getting oriented with the Brandens and starting daily meditation (i.e. habit of disciplined self-aware mental focus exercises). These should if in college be connected to the core curriculum respectively:
- Composition and Foreign Languages; Fitness/Platoon/Martial Arts are good.
- Entrepreneurship/NPO minor/Life-College Success or Goal Analysis seminar
- US Democracy/RRNR + 3 sciences with lab courses; Managerial Accounting Workshop
- Programming, Financial portfolios/Lib Math II, Applied Calculus and Statistics
- 3 Courses Humanities and Art, workshop in Economics/Banking/Project Management
- Read some foundational books in your subject. Aristotle beckons.
Uh, yes, that's a combined AA/AS where you figure out how to not just do a great job but be a job creator with some sense of how to get something done economically. And if anyone asks you what job philosophers (or the philosophically trained do, you answer "Be your boss (or servant leader/facilitator)."
|Posted on July 17, 2001 at 2:35 PM|
LIO Fellow Hon. C. Bette Wimbish worked with newly organized Florida Libertarians and across party lines to suppress bigotry, make it the first jurisdiction with a strong transparency policy, and bring direct democracy to amend its Constitution to Florida. She was the first African-American in a city council in Pinellas, Florida, which now has 30,000 LIO fans and interest-group correspondents. Today, key citizen initiatives in Florida have a character influenced by the LIO Libertarian dialogue models and tools--from equality for all political parties to recent work on medical marihuana and tax immunity for low-income homes.
Are you a L/libertarian? Informally, if you're a Liberal/progressive interested in SMILE-type voluntary solutions, you're ready for the next step: Formally, unless you're on the LIO d-base, generally, no.
'Libs' or L/libertarians are either appliers, advocates, or auditors which should never be confused with each other. To be a formal small l-libertarian applier you must be on our d-base; to be a large-L pledged Libertarian advocate/student you must have taken the Libertarian member certification to advocate rights via voluntary/federalist solutions and non-initiation of force and be on the LIO d-base or one of the www.lp.org or correspondent national civic organization. If you support LIO and Libertarianism informally you're a libertarian-receptive or voter as the case may be, or may call yourself pro-libertarian or an informal libertarian/aware Liberal. To see where you're most receptive in legal issues, check out: http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php In practice, unless you wish to be recognized by LIO as engaged in a long course of study and activism, saying 'LIO Fan' is sufficient.
- Overview. The LIO was re-founded in 1904: Katherine Gardner-Gilson, G. Thonar, Michael Lemos. It initially focused on training on co-operatives, tolerance, and work on what is now the UN Declaration--a world rights charter. We include the predecessor Lemos-Gil Liberal Salons re-organized 1592 to promote voluntary associations as engines of progress. Just share your good work: Use any of our 3 dialogue platforms, since 1969:
1. Civil Libertarianism: Voluntary eco-tools, all fields (SMILE).
2. Citizen Libertarianism: Local UN Rights democracy, all nations with Florida as model
3. Civic (with LIO curator): Libertarian model eco-homes/-community legal.
Libertarianism is in all fields.When people think of Libertarianism politically, they mean 2 and 3: these may be summarized as easing use of voluntary solutions via SMILE-interested democracy, federalism, localism increasingly legalizing ideal home models with a growing center of LIO fans. The US State of Florida, moved by LIO Libertarians from one of bigotry and opaque systems to "the US Switzerland" of secular and highly transparent direct democracy and local autonomy with no income tax and homes protected from liens and excessive tax...and a large LIO fan plus libertarian-receptive voter presence ( in 2002 15+% voted for pro-Libertarian candidates), is what a growing number of LIO fans see as the initial model for all nations/regions under 40 millions: A world of loosely confederate and peaceful Floridas, with many LIO fans and supporters.
- Formal Participation:.. in the Libertarian world community is also via these 3 levels: You're either a libertarian applier, Libertarian advocate, or LIO auditor. The distinctions re-affirmed in 1969 are similar to what is seen in most fields such as computers to accommodate levels of knowledge and participation: Casual appliers/users; serious advocate/students; auditors.
1. Our low-key small-l libertarians are appliers/users or LIO Fans who tend to use 1 (SMILE) to better home to civic life, and in non-partisan support SMILE-receptive (libertarian-oriented) participative Liberal eco-democracy. (Outreach registration is presently closed but you may get on our d-base via an e-mail to LIO Friends, right). Many are deeply interested in spreading eco-zones, unions, citizen science, robot and co-op solutions towards a leisure society of plenty for all.
2. Those who focus on 2 are pledged Large-L Libertarian -directional (directional means federalism/user-localism with attention to either 3 and/or a ‘small-is-beautiful’/more rights dialogue) advocates/students of respect for the 30 UN/their nation's constitutional rights: Via choices of principled-voluntary, punishment-free, proactive, and peaceful tools--thus not advocating initiated force by any person, group, or official body (This Gilson pledge was first shared in 1969, launching the modern movement. You may register with us or via the www.lp.org or correspondent groups; after 20 years you may apply for full 'large-L Libertarian status with LIO). These may take a variety of economic forms in each federal/local area. Currently many are very interested in legalizing local autonomy, pure free market and voluntary socialist communities zones, or in general more-voluntary and rights-sensitive solutions in common (so-called governmental) services/regulations.
3. Libertarian LIO auditors are very high-IQ homes or senior advocates working directly with the LIO curator using 1-3 to better progress.
- History: Please note the term Libertarian is derived from the Iberian for freeholder who championed justice and city rights--not liberty per se, but justice and free speech. Their voluntary Libertarian communities of old, many around the garden republic of Monfort Lemos--where all voted even in the Dark Ages--inspire many. Historically, Libertarian is thus a citizen rights-watchguard and facilitator status and in the future Libertarian (model LIO) communities, and will have an added meaning as these are implemented and spread. In 1964 the last surviving Libertarian communities of the Ancient World centered about the Lemos community tasked the LIO curator with alone forming and certifying modernized model Libertarian homes and communities and attendant model philosophy and standards, as a convenience for LIO fans and to interest the public.
- Usage (Researchers, students, media please note and don't make your article or paper ill-researched from the start): In general, LIO fans are interested in dialogue on voluntary/volunteer process in all fields: Libertarianism or the Libertarian Arts is the Liberal Arts of interest to LIO Fans focused on especially interdisciplinary and practical themes or tools of rights, mutual support, and holistic ecologies. As an alliance of households protective of voluntary process and dialogue, since major growth was initiated in 1969 they're evenly and by design distributed across the social/political spectrum. In general, LIO fans/libertarians are economically conservative, socially progressive, lead volunteers in their communities, and see themselves as unifying centrists. Collectively, LIO Fans of whatever level are called Libs. We also welcome the growing number of informal unofficial libertarian-receptive and Liberal fans, who should refer to themselves as libertarian-receptive or pro-libertarian voters as relevant; to formalize as libertarians they may contact us as above. Note it is incorrect to say one is a libertarian/Libertarian, however, unless one is on the appropriate d-base: small-l libertarian/conscious Liberal means simply an LIO fan and registered applier/user focused generally on using 1; large-L Libertarian means exclusively a pledged advocate in good standing with LIO or www.lp.org or correspondents, or more precisely an LIO senior, also focused on 2. Also:
- Positions: LIO fans and libertarians in general are interested in protecting the process, not positions. They often are on 'both' sides of an issue united in dialogue for voluntary solutions. The LIO curator provides lines of dialogues and models, and in consultation with leading fans suggested reading in many fields.
- Spokespersons: Only the LIO curator speaks for LIO Libertarianism, and then only on suggested dialogues or his model, and usages of the LIO community; status of advocacy libertarian-direction projects nationally are spoken for by autonomous Libertarian-direction national group chairs in correspondence with www.lp.org : No academic, candidate, or writer speaks for LIO Libertarianism, or anyone but the national chair for local libertarian-directionism (which being directional varies often from LIO civic Libertarianism or 3, and is not referred to without qualification or obvious context as 'Libertarian.’ The www.lp.org notes on its website its mission is to place people in public office to help move policy in a libertarian direction i.e. not strict Libertarianism ). It's always incorrect to refer to (small-) libertarianism as anything but the SMILE agenda for dialogue. The LIO does not share its d-base, but surveys fans periodically: Other purported surveys thus have no standing, except as possibly indicating the use of SMILE by informal receptives and hence, shifts in general opinion. The LIO curator helped create both the modern Libertarian-direction and Green parties to foment libertarian-directionism and -orientation as public conveniences: their platforms were set by him but LIO is non-partisan: LIO fans are encouraged if so inclined to non-partisan local and preferably appointive/volunteer public office such as advisory boards, judgeships, or neighborhood councils.
Now what? Enjoy our links, and LIO Fellows thinkpieces below: Share to promote brainstorming and dialogue.